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The next episode of Doctor Who will tell the story of Rosa Parks

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The episodes are the third and fourth of the new season. 

Details of the third and fourth episode of Doctor Who’s new season have been released – and one of the episodes features civil rights hero Rosa Parks.

The episode ’Rosa’ finds the Doctor and her companions travelling back to Alabama in the Fifties, where they meet Parks. But it seems like someone is trying to change the course of history by disrupting the activist’s famous protest, where she refused to give up a seat to a white passenger.

And in  ‘Arachnids in the UK’, which stars Sex and the City’s Chris Noth, the gang travel to Sheffield where they find something fishy going on with the city’s spiders. 

’Rosa’ is the first episode of the show written by a person of colour – writer Malorie Blackman.

Blackman is best known for being the author of Noughts and Crosses and Pig-Heart Boy, and has written over 60 books for young people. 

“I’ve always loved Doctor Who,” she said when the episode was announced. “Getting the chance to write for this series has definitely been a dream come true.”

The Doctor and her gang, who will be travelling to the Fifties.

Showrunner Chris Chibnall has expressed his desire to assemble a diverse team of writers, directors and actors for this season of Doctor Who. 

“Hailing from a range of backgrounds, tastes and styles, here’s what unites the [team]: they are awesome people as well as brilliant at their job. (It matters!) They love Doctor Who. And they’ve all worked above and beyond the call of duty in an effort to bring audiences something special, later this year,” he said when the show was announced. 

Fans of the show are already excited about the episodes – particularly the one starring Rosa Parks. 

“I really hope it does Rosa Parks’ bravery and inspiration the justice she deserves,” one fan wrote on Twitter.  

“This is an episode I’ve been anticipating for ages,” said another. 

Others heralded the new episodes as a return to the educational Doctor Who of the past. 

’Rosa’ will air on BBC One at 6.55pm on October 21 –we can’t wait to see how the episode plays out. 

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